Public Relations Director, Auto/Mobility & Manufacturing Practice
Lambert & Company
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Lambert seeks a proven PR agency leader capable of leading a diverse team across multiple accounts and offices. As a Public Relations Director, you will bring your leadership and management skills to bear on a growing agency with regional, national and global accounts. You will report directly to the Managing Director/Head of Auto/Mobility & Manufacturing. In addition to leading day-to-day account operations and managing senior staff, you will be responsible for organic growth of existing clients and acquisition of new ones. The successful candidate will have demonstrated results providing account integration and growth. Individuals with 10+ years of agency experience leading account teams and driving new business growth will be most successful in this position. Preference will be given to candidates with communications experience in military, aviation, aerospace defense or manufacturing industries.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Direct account teams and occasionally, account team leaders; build and maintain executive-level client relationships; proactively problem solve account issues; deliver outstanding client service.
Manage workflow and account budgets and billings. Administer staffing of accounts within budget parameters; oversee and approve client monthly billings; ensure appropriate tracking of agency work; ensure all work hours are tracked within the agency billing system; resolve billing issues.
Provide strategic counsel to clients and ensure satisfaction through regular client-facing meeting and reports. Meet regularly with client contacts; ensure agency results are effectively reported to clients; identify opportunities to expand services to grow existing account retainers.
Coach and develop account teams and direct reports. Hold regular one-on-one professional development meetings with direct reports and office staff; proactively address performance issues to ensure success and clarity of roles and expectations are met.
Identify and develop new business growth opportunities. Work with Chief Growth Officer to identify new client opportunities; participate in new business pitches; leverage professional network; maintain and manage a pipeline of new business prospects and opportunities.
Required Qualifications and Skills
Proven record of high-level achievement
Demonstrated ability managing account billings of $1 million or greater, across a diverse account base. Managing corporate communications budgets of equal or greater impact is also acceptable
Experience leveraging agency teams across multiple geographic offices
Proactive problem solver
Superb attention to detail
Excellent writer and communicator
Demonstrated ability to coach, develop and manage diverse teams
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in advertising, public relations, communication, or related field
Minimum 10-15 years' experience in public relations or communication
Previous leadership positions in a communications/PR agency
Significant experience working in auto, mobility, manufacturing, aviation, aerospace defense or engineering industries. Military experience a plus
Manage a high performing team and have oversight of multiple client accounts
Authorized to legally work for any employer in the United States
Lambert & Company is a strategic communications, integrated marketing and investor relations firm providing clients with measurable solutions that drive consideration, change opinion and build awareness. Headquartered in the Midwest, Lambert has offices in Detroit, New York, Phoenix, Houston, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Mich. and Holland, Mich. Our client roster includes global leaders in mobility/automotive, education, food and beverage, healthcare, life science and manufacturing. Lambert employees are tenacious, clever, make big plays, work honorably, and are committed to and focused on team success.